Introduction to Sustainability
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assignment Nível: Introdutório
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language Subtítulos : Tâmil, Chinês, Português, Vietnamita, Espanhol
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This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

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Programa de estudos

  • Week 1 - Orientation and Introduction
    In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and the learning environment. The orientation also helps you obtain the technical skills required for the course. In the introduction, we will examine some of the central ideas that und...
  • Week 2 - Population
    In this module, we will see how human populations have evolved over time and get a sense of where the next century of change will take us.
  • Week 3 - Ecosystems and Climate Change
    In this module, we will see that the Earth faces many environmental pressures that result from human exploitation of natural resources. We will also look at the issue of climate change.
  • Week 4 - Energy
    In this module, we will look at energy use. We will also consider what the trend of energy use means for the planet, and how we might transition to a more sustainable pattern of use.
  • Week 5 - Water and Agriculture
    In this module, we will explore the connection between water and food, and see what will be required to feed the planet over the course of the century.
  • Week 6 - Environmental Policy
    In this module, we will examine some of the common tools used by policy-makers, and some of the forces that shape (or misshape) policy.
  • Week 7 - Measuring Sustainability
    In this module, we will examine what tools are available to measure sustainability. Finally, I will make some predictions on global sustainability for the 21st century, based on the models we have spoken about in this course and the trends that have been obser...
  • Week 8 - Conclusion
    Welcome to the end of the course! This module has a final, comprehensive quiz that covers all of the topics that we’ve seen in the previous seven modules. You’ll want to be familiar with the goals and objectives, key phrases, concepts, and guiding questions fr...
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Instrutores

Dr. Jonathan Tomkin
Associate Director
School of Earth, Society and Environment

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Criador do conteúdo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty and alumni. Illinois serves the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and finding solutions to critical societal needs.
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Coursera

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O Coursera trabalha com as melhores universidades e organizações para disponibilizar alguns dos seus cursos on-line e oferece cursos em várias disciplinas, incluindo: física, engenharia, humanidades, medicina, biologia, ciências sociais, matemática, negócios, ciência da computação, marketing digital, ciência de dados. e outros assuntos.Cours

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